The Mitzin Market in the Markham Valley of Morobe Province is one of the major bus stops as you travel down the PNG national highway towards Lae.
This market serves as a place where locals sell their vegetables to make a living; a bus owner makes business by transporting people and the list goes on. Max and I have just finished with Joseph Kingal Ministries (see “What are we talking about”) and spent a night with my Pastor friend. This particular morning we must meet at this market to meet with Pastor James Paul to seal a deal!
In Deuteronomy 17:5 a social issue is being settled at the city gate (public place) and in Proverbs 31:31 we see an example of a good deed being talked about at the city gate. In other words certain thing done with the public as the witness serves as a setting for learning to take place. The setting for our particular meeting is prophetic in a sense that the public will benefit in terms of an opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ through the songs in their heart language.
Now back to our market place, Pastor James did sign the agreement right at the market place to partner with CRMF to share their gospel songs via Wi-Fi technology, SD cards and solar powered audio players.
New Breed band members started off as Sunday School Teachers in their community. The person who was their leader always took them to the mountain to spend time praying. Pastor James is the lead vocalist remembers those times when they came down from the mountain; they had to hold onto their shorts from falling off. They were into fasting and prayer that they lost weight; even their parents were concerned about their health.
As Sunday school teachers their love for music grew and they started to write up their own language songs and used them in their lessons which soon grew into an outreach music group within their little community.
In 1997 an important event happened in the Lutheran Church that set the stage for New Breed’s birth. The whole Markham District was where Spiritual revival broke out and as a result the Lutheran Renewal Church was formed by the Lutherans who wanted revival. So the move of the Holy Spirit within the Church created the environment for a gospel band to have its beginnings. None of the members went to a music school and so all their talent in writing songs and playing them is attributed to their time on the mountain.
In 2008 a man got interested in the band and decided to sponsor them for a trial recording; the results of the trial recording astonished everyone including the band members which turned into their first album. Next month they will be in Port Moresby on an invitation by the Lutheran Church to provide music in a youth convention and while there record their second album.
Pray with us that the songs from the First Album will be a conduit that the Lord will use to reach out to the youths of our nation for Jesus. Also pray for Pastor James and the rest of the New Breed band for a successful recording and its impact.